Orioles 18, Indians 9

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BALTIMORE – Kevin Millar hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fifth inning capped by Corey Patterson’s two-run homer, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians 18-9 Wednesday night.

Ramon Hernandez had a home run and four RBIs, Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer, and Miguel Tejada and Jeff Conine each had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won five of seven.

Jhonny Peralta, Victor Martinez and Aaron Boone homered for Cleveland, which had beaten Baltimore five straight times. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest streak in the major leagues this year.

A night after a 15-1 loss to the Indians, the Orioles had a season-high 21 hits and batted around in the fifth and eighth innings.

Jake Westbrook (2-2) failed to protect a 7-3 lead, allowing nine runs – eight earned – and 12 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Tejada’s one-out RBI single in the fifth and Ramon Hernandez’s two-out, run-scoring single cut the lead to 7-5, Javy Lopez hit an RBI double and Millar followed with a two-run double that bounced over the center-field fence.

Matt Miller relieved, and Patterson hit his second pitch into the right-center seats for his first AL homer and a 10-7 lead.

Boone homered off John Halama (1-0) in the sixth, but Gibbons answered with a three-run drive off Rafael Betancourt in the bottom half.

Grady Sizemore hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth. Hernandez’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run eighth.

Baltimore starter Rodrigo Lopez gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has allowed seven homers this year, including five in his last two outings.

Notes: The Orioles stole two bases against Martinez, who has failed to nab any of the 13 attempted thefts against him this year. … A catcher’s interference call against Martinez led to the first unearned run of the year by an Indians starter. … Miller (right elbow strain) and Betancourt (upper back strain) left in the sixth. Both are day to day.

AP-ES-04-19-06 2248EDT

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